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Proposal Planning & Writing

As organizational needs outstrip resources, groups turn to grants as a means of strengthening their financial footing while pursuing their missions. Proposal Planning & Writing is an introductory-level text that leads readers through planning and writing successful proposals. 

You will see practical strategies for project planning, including identifying sponsors, matching your needs to sponsor priorities, and qualifying prospects through pre-proposal contacts. Next, you will be guided systematically through proposal writing, including reviewing a template for letter proposals to private foundations and corporations, examining the primary elements of government proposals, and considering tips for constructing a realistic budget. This advice will help both beginning and experienced grantseekers to better plan and develop fundable projects.

Models of Proposal Planning & Writing

This advanced-level book is an essential weapon for anyone looking for funding in the extremely competitive grantseeking world. It explains how and why to approach both public and private sponsors with not just information, but persuasion, for the best chance for success.

Models of Proposal Planning & Writing walks you step-by-step through a logical, integrated process of planning and writing persuasive proposals. You will see the questions that we asked of ourselves and those asked of sponsors before we developed a complete grant application. You will read the actual proposals we submitted to private and public sponsors, including in-depth analyses of the key features that made them persuasive. These annotated models serve as a springboard from which you can begin to develop your own fundable proposals.

Collaborative Grantseeking: A Guide to Designing Projects, Leading Partners, and Persuading Sponsors

To get more “bang for their buck,” many public and private sponsors strongly encourage, if not outright require, collaboration in grant applications. Collaborative Grantseeking delves into the humanistic aspects of designing and leading successful collaborative projects.

In the current public and private funding environment, collaboration may become absolutely vital to some nonprofits’ continued existence. Effective grant collaborations always comprise a critical attribute: they are led by individuals who not only understand the benefits and barriers affecting collaborations, but are highly skilled in managing them. In this book four samples of funded collaborative grants, complete with annotations, are presented and highlight key factors that influence whether grant collaborations produce painful “losses” or precious “wins.”


International Research Collaborations

The purpose of this publication is to present an overview of common issues that arise in global research administration and provide suggestions and resources to senior leadership, research administrators, and faculty at U.S. institutions that support such activity; focusing on pre-award matters such as pre-planning and partnership feasibility, proposal development, and negotiation, as well as post-award issues around award management, regulatory requirements and compliance risks.

Establishing and Managing an Office of Sponsored Programs at Non-Research Intensive Colleges and Universities

The purpose of this publication is to outline the basic functions of an office of sponsored programs and to present various strategies predominantly undergraduate colleges and universities utilize in organizing and managing sponsored programs. It is not the intent to explain the procedures of every function of an office, but rather to offer a guide to understanding the purposes and responsibilities of offices of sponsored programs.